Update: ‘Les Miserables,’ scheduled to start this week at Palm Canyon Theatre, now canceled

Based upon Victor Hugo’s epic novel, Les Miserable has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theater history. 

Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of Les Miserable, which was scheduled to open Friday for a three-weekend run, has been canceled, and not because of COVID-19.

Se Layne, managing director of the theater, said in a letter to the community that the royalty company that holds rights to the performance is restricting a large number of shows in its catalog, including Les Miserables. That means the curtain cannot go up on the local performance.

“We are storing all the custom-built costumes, sets, and props, and all the cast is on board when the royalties become available again,” Layne wrote. “We are all proud and excited for you to see and hear this beautiful production.”

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Ticket-holders are encouraged to call the box office at 760-323-5123 to discuss their options.

Based upon Victor Hugo’s epic novel, Les Miserable tells the story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. Described as an epic and uplifting story, it has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theater history.   The score includes the songs “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” “Empty Chairs, Empty Tables,” and many more.

Palm Canyon Theatre’s production of Les Miserable was to be directed and choreographed by Layne, with musical direction by Steven Smith. Set and lighting design was done by J.W. Layne, and Derik Shopinski once again was doing costume design.

The cast included:

  • Jean Valjean: Paul Grant
  • Javert: Eric Stein-Steele
  • Fantine: Laurie Holmes
  • Marius: Christian Quevedo
  • Cosette: Ana Rangel
  • Enjolras: Ben Reece
  • Thenardier: Keith Alexander
  • Madame Thenardier: Jana Giboney
  • Young Cosette: Sadie Keskey
  • Gavroche: Everett Nickolopoulous

The original Broadway production of Les Miserable closed after 6,680 performances. At the time of its closing, it was the longest running musical in Broadway history. In 2013, Les Miserable was turned into a major motion picture, quickly becoming the largest grossing musical motion picture at the time of its opening.

More information on refunds or other options: Call the PCT Box Office at 760-323-5123 or visit the box office Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at 538 North Palm Canyon Dr.

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